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Candy Ortenzio's blog

Flag Day Then and Now

Close up of an American flag, proudly displayed on a covered porchWe can only speculate what the feeling must have been like when the Continental Congress of the United States gathered on Saturday, June 14, 1777 to discuss the day’s agenda. John and Samuel Adams were present along with John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin, among the many honorable delegates. The mood was likely tense given the Revolutionary War was nearing two years with no end in sight. But the atmosphere must have surely surged with an undercurrent of excitement, too. On that day, the delegates passed a formal resolution to adopt the flag of our country.

Splish-Splash, Pool Season is here!

In-ground swimming pool in serene backyard settingAlthough summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, most people look at Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of the season. Certainly, it’s the start of “pool season.” Most public pools open their gates to eager swimmers and sunscreen begins to fly off the shelves. After a long cold winter, there’s nothing better than a sizzling summer.

From Derby Winners to Horse Farms

Aerial view of horse farmA few days ago, Churchill Downs celebrated the running of the Kentucky Derby with a win by American Pharoah. Jockey, Victor Espinoza, rode the three year old horse across the finish line to the roar of spectators who had turned out for the 141st “run for the roses”.

Next up is the Preakness with American Pharoah favored as the winner going into the race. To capture the elusive Triple Crown (the last winner was Affirmed in 1978), American Pharoah will have to win not only the Preakness, but the Belmont, too. Even people who don’t regularly follow horse racing tend to become fans starting with the first Saturday in May. Excitement lingers in the air, along with a heightened sense of anticipation leading into June and the Belmont Stakes.

The Grandfather's Clock

Close up of grandfather's clockDo you own a grandfather’s clock? Although it may seem archaic in an age when a simple swipe of your smartphone will reveal the time, these stately time-keepers continue to hold appeal centuries after they were first produced. Originally called a longcase clock, the grandfather’s clock gained its name thanks to the inspiration of one notable traveler—Henry Clay Work.